IRL: Pikes Peak: Panther Racing preview

Panther Racing Ready for Pikes Peak Challenge FOUNTAIN, Colo. -- Panther Racing drivers Tomas Scheckter and Tomas Enge will attempt to master Pikes Peak International Raceway's one-mile oval this weekend in preparation for Sunday's Honda ...

Panther Racing Ready for Pikes Peak Challenge

FOUNTAIN, Colo. -- Panther Racing drivers Tomas Scheckter and Tomas Enge will attempt to master Pikes Peak International Raceway's one-mile oval this weekend in preparation for Sunday's Honda Indy 225.

Panther looks to top its career-best finish at PPIR; a third-place result in 2002 with Sam Hornish, Jr. Tomas Scheckter was running in the Top Three last season before a broken half-shaft ended his day in 17th. Townsend Bell finished 12th at the one-mile track in 2004 behind the wheel of Panther's No. 2 Chevrolet.

Scheckter will make his fourth start at PPIR, and recorded his best finish of eighth at the track in 2003. IndyCar Series rookie Tomas Enge is making his first start here, and finished 11th last weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

The race will be broadcast live on Sunday, at 3:30 p.m. (ET) on ABC with additional coverage provided by the IMS Radio Network.

Tomas Scheckter:

"I know our Pennzoil team is very prepared for this race and we're all looking forward to getting back to work. So many things have to go your way in order to win a race, but we're really hoping that we can get back in Victory Lane this year. We had a problem with the injectors last weekend, and our Chevrolet had enough power to win the race. I was half-throttle behind those guys when the problem happened. We're hoping for a better result this weekend."

Tomas Enge:

"We are in the middle of very busy period the schedule is very tight. I had to rest for few weeks and I am not still there in perfect racing shape. However, I did not have any problem during the whole race at Kentucky, so I do not expect any also at Pikes Peak. We are racing in quite high altitude but it does not hinder me -- on the contrary my feeling is that I can breathe better in the mountains than in the humid and smog condition that we quite often experience near sea level. Of course, all engines will loose some power due to thinner air and the setup of the car will be even more crucial. I definitely want to fight for the best possible result because the RockStar crew, Chevy and all my fans deserve it.

Panther Tracks: Pennzoil Panther Race Engineer David Cripps has engineered three drivers to Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year awards: Lyn St. James (1992), Christian Fittipaldi (1995), Tora Takagi (2003), and Cripps now works with the 2002 co-Rookie of the Year Tomas Scheckter ..... Tomas Scheckter was named Indianapolis 500 co-Rookie of the Year in 2002, and scored his first IndyCar Series victory in the same year at Michigan International Raceway ... Panther has a total of 15 IndyCar Series victories .... Panther Racing won back-to-back IRL Championships in 2001 & 2002 and the Menards Infiniti Pro Series Championship in 2003 ... A total of eleven drivers have started a race for Panther: Sam Hornish Jr. (44), Scott Goodyear (30), Tomas Scheckter (28), Townsend Bell (11), Tomas Enge (9), Mark Taylor (6), Buddy Lazier (5), Dave Steele (2), Dan Wheldon (2), Billy Boat (1) and Robby McGehee (1).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Mark Taylor , Tomas Enge , Robby McGehee , Buddy Lazier , Billy Boat , Scott Goodyear , Christian Fittipaldi , Tora Takagi , Townsend Bell , Dan Wheldon , Lyn St. James , Dave Steele , Sam Hornish Jr. , Sam Hornis
Teams Panther Racing